Opened in 1977 in the heart of our civic center, the Los Altos History Museum is a highly successful community museum located about 30 miles south of San Francisco. The 1.36 acre Museum complex consists of a 1905 historic house museum interpreted as an orchardist’s home in the 1930s, a modern 3-story 8,200-square-foot museum building, and outdoor agricultural displays, next to a heritage orchard. We feature top-quality, award-winning original exhibitions and superior curriculum–based education programs amid an active schedule of lectures, programs, family activities and special events which attract diverse audiences. Serving over 21,000 people a year from all around the Bay Area, the private nonprofit Association of the Los Altos Historical Museum manages a collections of over 16,000 items. The Museum is fortunate to have tremendous community support and a talented volunteer network. Our annual budget (approx. $500,000) is funded by individual donations, municipal support, grants, membership, bequests, special events, gift store sales and an active event rentals program.
One of a small professional staff, the Museum Educator is an experienced education professional responsible for ensuring the Museum meets its educational goals. As a fully integrated part of a team including several volunteer committees, the Museum Educator forwards the Museum’s strategic initiatives. A full-time, exempt position, this position reports to the Executive Director.
- Educational Tours: Works with Education Committee to run, assess, modify, and grow the Museum’s school tour offerings for local schools and special tours for youths.
- Exhibitions: Oversees the choice of exhibit topics in coordination with the Exhibits and Collection Committees and with the Executive Director and Board. Ensures that all exhibit text is written at the appropriate age level and utilizes best practice in visitor interaction.
- Adult Programs: Works with the Exhibits Committee in producing lectures, classes, and programs that appropriately supplement changing exhibitions topics. Works with the Orchard Commons Committee to support their events and programs.
- Docent Training: Ensures that docents in the adult and Teen Docent Programs receive regular training and utilize museum education best practices.
- Family Programs: Coordinates with the Development Events Representative to ensure large, public revenue-positive events on the Museum grounds are mission-appropriate and educational.
- Museum without Walls: Develops walking tours, historic house tours, or digitally-facilitated tours that spread the Museum’s expertise into the community. May include pop-up exhibitions or displays outside of the Museum.
- Supplements: Oversees the production of collateral material for educational programs, such as family guides, bookmarks, hand-outs, or app-based programs.
- Is professional and poised, working easily with the public, volunteers and staff.
- Expertise in object-based learning is a must; familiarity with Maker’s Space activities is a plus.
- Has a degree in education or teaching certificate. Master’s in Museum Studies desired.
- Is flexible, versatile and creative – balancing personal initiative with the ability to take direction to accomplish goals.
- Understands that success is a team effort; works closely and well with staff and volunteers in the areas of collections, education and docents to ensure active mission-centered programming.
- Possesses highly developed organizational and time management abilities. Able to work effectively in a multifaceted work environment with numerous simultaneous requirements, and under pressure.
- Is thorough and pays attention to detail.
- Proven educator able to communicate appropriately to a variety of age levels.
- Is experienced and comfortable using office software such as MS Office (required) and Adobe Creative Suite (desired).
- Interest in and knowledge of local history a plus.
- Comfort with digital delivery systems a plus.
- Can lift 50 pounds and has a valid California driver’s license.